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The theory that all social conservative thought is, in fact, merely an extended satirical bit cannot be overlooked at this point. Here is "End Times" radio host Rick Wiles, a nut who nevertheless is able to get sitting Republican congressmen to have chats with him on whether or not the president is a secret Kenyan, discussing the zombie apocalypse. Or more accurately, discussing whether the government is secretly using the public infatuation with zombies and zombie apocalypsii to prepare us for—oh, hell, I'll let him explain it:
[Rick Wiles]: Headshots, okay. So if there really is a zombie apocalypse, anybody who is infected with whatever is being labeled as zombieism, they will have to be executed, you can’t have any contact with them, they just have to be taken out.

[Professional Zombie Preparedness Expert Morgan Bernhart]: Unfortunately, that would be the hard truth of it.

Wiles: So do you think there is a possibility that the government is prepping the public for mass executions of people?

Bernhart: I really couldn’t answer that. I don’t know.

Wiles: I’m just speculating. This is all so bizarre to me. Hey, if the government is dressing up like zombies and that’s bizarre then my scenarios can be bizarre too because they’re bizarre. Once you get down this road of being bizarre there is no limit to how bizarre you can think, you know? I’m trying to figure out: What are they up to? What are they preparing for?

Once you go down this road of being bizarre, there is no limit to how bizarre you can think. Truly, words to live by.



Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2010NATO: Out of Afghanistan by 2014. Head-shakers galore:

At its summit meeting Friday, David Brunnstrom at Reuters is reporting, NATO will approve a four-year withdrawal of most of the 150,000 troops it has deployed in Afghanistan. One hundred thousand of those are American. The plan is going forward even though many analysts say the war is going badly and there will still be, in the words of NATO's senior civilian representative in Kabul, Mark Sedwill, "eye-watering levels of violence by Western standards."

The plan is to turn over all security duties to the Afghanistan government in 2014 despite widespread views that no way will there be enough Afghan troops ready and able to do so, no way will the poverty-stricken country be able pay for its military and police forces, and no way will the insurgency be under control by then.

Meanwhile, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell called 2014 "an aspirational goal," but neither a deadline for full Afghan control nor total U.S. military withdrawal



Tweet of the Day:

This is definitely different from Marion Barry scandal: Nobody hinting that Ford proves white people aren't mature enough to pick own mayors
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On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the ad hoc theme became words & power. Can a web site really be a "Katrina?" How about a "political Katrina"? Interesting dodge, but outside of the weather itself (and maybe not even excepting that), what was non-political about Katrina? Greg Dworkin notes the same game at work elsewhere in ACA coverage. In other news, Adam Serwer raises a flag: "The victor in Virginia's attorney general race stands a chance of losing." In the wake of the super-typhoon, an LA Times op-ed asks who's a looter? The Cheney sisters have words over marriage rights. And whaddya know, Tim Geithner has landed a job with a private equity firm!



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